Updates: South Dakota Sacred Land Auction, Maetreum of Cybele Case, and COG’s Grand Council

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Happy Sunday! Here are few quick updates on stories that I've covered here previously at The Wild Hunt. Sacred Land Sale Stopped: A week ago I reported on Lakota, Dakota and Nakota efforts to purchase the land known as Pe’ Sla, an area in the Black Hills of South Dakota, that was being sold by its owners. This was no ordinary piece of land, as one Native commentator put it: "Its grounds are holy. It is our Church of the Holy Sepulchre. It is our Mecca. Pe’ Sla is our wailing wall, … [Read more...]

When Sacred Land Goes Up for Sale

Pe'Sla in the Black Hills (Photo:South Dakota Magazine/Bernie Hunhoff)

What happens when sacred lands go up for sale? That is the situation faced by the Lakota, Dakota and Nakota people as Pe' Sla, an area in the Black Hills of South Dakota, is being sold by its owners. Though long in private hands, tribes had been allowed access to perform necessary ceremonies, and this is now in question with the sale. In addition, the government of South Dakota is planning on paving a road right through the middle of the site, a move that is seen as sacrilegious. In response, … [Read more...]

Quick Notes: Grant Morrison, Klee Benally, Helen Duncan

A few quick news notes for you on this Saturday morning. Grant Morrison Awarded MBE: It isn't every day that an avowed ritual magician is made a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. Comics writer Grant Morrison, famous for works like "The Invisibles," and the recent "Supergods," was recognized "for services to film and literature" on the Queen's annual birthday honors list. Morrison has long advocated the use of magic(k), sigil magick in … [Read more...]

Updates: Winnemem Wintu, U.S. Religion Census, Dan Halloran

Winnemem Wintu Tribe members blockading the river.

Welcome back! I hope you enjoyed your Memorial Day weekend. Here are a few updates on previously reported stories to ease you back into the work week. Winnemem Wintu War Dance: This past weekend, as I reported here previously, the Winnemem Wintu tribe blocked off a 400-yard stretch of the McCloud River, an area central to their coming of age ceremonies. The reason for the blockade is due to the Forest Service’s ongoing refusal to grant mandatory closures for these ceremonies, resulting … [Read more...]


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